Corporate Social Justice Starts Within

Corporate Social Justice Starts Within

In the past few months, we have had many organizations reaching out to Leverage to Lead for support in building their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals. We talk a lot about corporate culture and safety, so it’s encouraging to see leaders understand the need to...

Reframing Uncertainty

Reframing Uncertainty

We’re no strangers to working through difficult or uncertain times. But the current civic, economic, and personal upheaval we are experiencing can leave us feeling overwhelmed and despairing. All of our training, experience, and skills couldn’t have prepared us for...

Our Addiction to Racism is Killing Us

Our Addiction to Racism is Killing Us

We like to think of racism as individuals mistreating other individuals. We don't understand how we, nice people, are doing any harm. I'm not hurting anyone is what all junkies say. If only "the racists" would get clean, racism wouldn't be a problem. But that's not...

Deep Listening with Jennifer and MJ

Deep Listening with Jennifer and MJ

MJ Mathis joined Leverage to Lead as an Associate Coach this past March. You’ve already seen her voice added to our biweekly newsletters, and we’ve been busy with corporate trainings and DEI work across many different spaces. In July, we’re offering a session called...

Power, Influence, and the Limits of Comfort

Power, Influence, and the Limits of Comfort

We hear the word influence a lot these days. Celebrities on Instagram, CEOs lobbying in Washington, high-profile political endorsements. In a recent Facebook conversation, culture-maker Kelly Diels discussed influence along with power. Often, the terms get conflated...

Leading Through Uncertainty

Leading Through Uncertainty

What Showing Up Looks Like Now At Leverage to Lead, we help women and people of color show up with agency and authenticity. But what does that look like in the midst of a crisis? Our civic, professional, and personal lives are undergoing unprecedented change. What...

A Space for Our Vulnerable Selves

A Space for Our Vulnerable Selves

“We are saying, if you have money and you’re white, you can do well here. If you’re not, good luck to you.” – Dr. Richard Besser, CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the former acting director for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)....

Our Boundaries Strengthen Our Connections

Our Boundaries Strengthen Our Connections

If we’re learning anything right now, it’s that we are all connected more deeply than we realized or wanted to admit. COVID-19 is shining a light onto all the ways we have long ignored or denied those connections, even with humans from across the globe. Our task going...

I Cried at Target

I Cried at Target

"Assume others are doing the best they can." – Brené Brown I cried at Target this morning. Like many people in our country, we were almost out of toilet paper. We've been making what feels like dangerous daily excursions to find some in our area. I knew that if we...

What Holds Us Together?

What Holds Us Together?

Whatever your industry or your location, news of COVID-19 or the virus itself is no doubt impacting some part of your job, daily activities, and perhaps your sense of security and certainty. Here in Northern California, schools are closed and many are working from...